Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I didn't do much today. Little Evan is coughing a nasty old-man-on-the-bus cough and although he caught it from school, I decided to keep him home today. It's chilly outside and I secretly delighted in the thought of he and I in a warm and toasty little home while the wind whips and whines its way through the trees outside but cannot come in.
We did just about that. We actually had to run across the highway to the post to mail a couple mails that (I'm sorry to say) won't arrive to their peoples until after October has left us, but will get there, nonetheless, and we rushed back home again, one of us in footie pajamas and the other in a nice track suit that could totally pass for a pj day at home :)
We caught up on the latest Halloween adventures of the bubble guppies and Team Umizoomi and we ate chicken noodle soup with rice for lunch. It was so relaxing, we completely skipped nap and decided instead to build a masterpiece of marble tracks. The post came and interrupted us, but it brought with it 2 packages and 3 cards, not a single bill today! Hooray! Hubby has been expecting this package eagerly, a new case for his beloved ipad, and the other was (shhhh!) Emma's advent calendar. I suspect the three cards are for Halloween, since they are orange enveloped, but for that, we'll have to wait until the other half of our fam returns home to open them.
It stormed last night, a fabulous rain that we needed so badly. Our ground here is so dry from the summer's drought that any plant that survived was a miracle, it seemed. It brought a cold front with it, and in the morning's early light, the kids and I scurried across the road to a neighbor's house to help her with something, it hit me. The damp ground and the smell of wet leaves on the grass brought with it deep, deep relief. I've always loved rain the best, out of all weathers in the heavens, and I am pretty sure that the drought left me thirsty and drained as well. I know I've had a lot to stress about, but this summer hit me harder than it should have, and as that sweet sign of relief hit my nose, I was renewed in hope, in things to come. It . was.  wonderful.
(that is, until the skunk showed up)
(but thats another story, for another day)
So today, as I sit watching the leaves blow against the windows and doors like the ocean waves on the shore, and my littlest castro is suggled up beside me having his milk and humming, I am sending prayers of thanks for this home, so warm and beautiful, for my husband who is so caring and kind, for the sight to see all His creations, the trees that protect us from the cold winds a-blowin, and for the happiness that little things like rain and UmiZoomi friends and dancing in the kitchen to Raffi can bring. I'm happy today.
And I hope you are, too.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Creepy, Crawly....

...very hungry leafy caterpillar.

Yesterday, on a day home from school and work, Evan and I went on a walk.
A walk to hunt for leaves.
But not just any ol' leaves!
Leaves to make a very leafy caterpillar.

We got 3 different kinds.
Some for the body (thankyouverymuch, Jody!),
Some for the head (thankyouverymuch, Holly!),
and some for the antennae (thankyouverymuch, mommy!)

And add some cute face features made by some cute little fingertips...


(This was mine, plus Ev's fingerprints)
 And this was Evan's. He painted some leaves for him to eat, too.
 omigosh, it's so stinkin cute.
yes, I thought so, too.
Just look at those wobbly little legs!
Have you been spotting the monarchs migrating?

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Welcome to Preschool!

It was open house day at Evan's preschool, and he was excited to show us all he has been doing while away. The families all packed picnic lunches and met out on the playground, making it look a little like a colorful checkerboard of blankets.
He introduced Emma to his sandbox (only because his first pick - the bikes- were put away).
 We (of course) were the early birds, so we had prime real estate for our picnic dinner consisting of subway sandwiches and chips.
and two good lookin men!
 Just look at that! I fall in love all over again :)
 When we came inside, Ms. Diane had made some jelly-ish squares.
There were quite interesting, as you can tell from his face. :D
 His beautiful monarch painting.
 Back to the jelly squares again with Ms. Diane!
 Some pictures of a preschool train ride...
 Cute little cubby!
 Cute little sink!
Cute little preschool!
Thank you, Evan, for sharing with us!
We are SO proud of all your hard work!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

From the mouth of babes...

Em: (singing "Friday" by Rebecca Black at the dinner table and waving her arms in the air)
"Evan! Dance!"

Ev: stares at Em, chewing his dinner

Em: "Evan!! Dance with me!" (continues singing)

Ev: Stares at Em chewing his dinner

Mom: "Evan, Em is asking you to dance with her."

Ev: "my rice is dancing."

Em: (singing again)

Ev: mouth shut, but moving. (the rice in his MOUTH was dancing!) Pin It

What we love right now... by Evan & Mommy

Evan is ALL about this book this fall:
It's a really fun Halloween book that has the safety of a board book, but the interactiveness of a pop-up, lift-the-flap, and other discovery details that older kids books have.

His other new favorite is this book:
 If you know Evan, chances are you know his own "Blankie". He doesn't tote him to quite as many places as the little one in this book does, but he loves to have it read to him over and over again (and then he'll read it to you!).

Mommy (That's ME!) is excited for two new upcoming events!
The first one is that my favorite, Julius, will be making his debut in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Hooray! I just *may* have to stop decorating for Christmas when he comes on this year!
Aww sweet! I get to float down the block like a giant godzilla!
 The other thing I'm excited about is that Gwen Stafani is not only launching a kid line of her Harajuku Lovers (Harajuku Mini), but it's going to be for TARGET!
Woot woot!
Now THAT, my friends, is exciting!
I hate these clothes! I want them OFF! Give me back my Elmo shirt!
Oh, you little pompus brat! I designed these clothes for Emma Castro and she's booked today, so I had to settle for YOU, and you're not even THANKFUL?!? Just smile and look at my awesome legs and long 2nd toe....
Lots of excitement going on here, I know! I bet you can hardly contain yourself, right?

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Saturday, October 8, 2011


It was cookie baking day today!
 But the cookie dough got warm, and that makes for a really bad time of cookie cutting dough, so we opted to make round cookies without the breakdowns instead.

 We had lots of Halloween sprinkles, but Ev seemed to like the colored sugar the best.
 Emma decorated hers diligently, making designs and patterns.

 Aren't they precious?
And they baked well, and swelled up to twice their width!

but em left for a sleepover, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how they taste!
(I can't WAIT!)

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Team World Cup

Soccer season has begun.
How can you tell?
Well, you'll find your lawn chairs make a permanent move to the trunk, there are water bottles in every one of the 22 cup holders left over or going to the next practice or game, every push of the brakes leads to a soccer ball (or three) rolling up from who knows where to smack you in the back of your seat, and you find yourself wearing (gasp!) RED on a football gameday instead of orange!

This morning Em read Evan a couple Halloween books before we left for the game (at a bleeping early hour, no less!)
 She played goalie the first half.
(Always hard for a parent. Especially when your daughter constantly volunteers for the "possibly breaking your face with a ball" job.)
 But she's good at what she does.

And look at this little brother, who is a constant yelling-in-support-of-big-sister fan.
SO cute.
 My boys playing a quick game while half time is in session.
 Em has played SO well this year.
You wouldn't believe it.
She's always been good, but she blew us away with her plays the last couple games!

We're SO proud of you, Punkin!
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arriving late to our own wedding.
stealing a kiss...or two.
tears of happiness and nerves as i walked towards you,
tears of the unknown as daddy let go my arm.
a whisper of love
a squeeze of the last day for naked fingers
a kiss
two become one
nose to nose, heart to heart
dancing, laughing

i do.

it was 9 years ago we wed this day.
it seems so far, but also so recent.

i love you more now, then i did that day,
but i never knew then, it would be possible.

i often wonder, how many people have walked by you on the street, and never knew!
that you were the most fascinating man in the world.
that you would wrap my heart and soul around your finger
the kindest soul and a great man
and they just walked by...

how lucky i am that i saw you
deep within the dark brown eyes to your inner self
and i knew.

you were mine.
and i was yours.

i have tasted love.
and i walk the earth forever, my heart beating with yours
for there i have been

and there i want to be.

i love you.
happy anniversary!
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I've never known anyone yet who doesn't suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around... We're all eight years old again and anything is possible.
-- Sue Grafton

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Sometimes, you just can't make it home.

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It's October!

Here's Evan playing at school! There were several little girls cooking and baking and serving these two lots of delicious foods!

Emma was goimg on a field trip with her class to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
The class all dressed in their fancy clothes, and off they went.

The next day was the annual Walk-A-Thon at her school. It's their one and only fundraiser for the year. Evan got to leave school early that day so he could walk with his big sis.

(and, as a side note, it was also "crazy hair day", so before you go thinking "How could she let her leave the house like that?!?", just keep that in mind.)

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